Pair nabbed for ivory in 2AM bus raid

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/national News - Pa­tience Mut­siwi

PO­LICE have ar­rested two men who were found in pos­ses­sion of 19 kilo­grammes of ele­phant tusks worth al­most $5 000 fol­low­ing a tip off in Kwekwe.

Obert Dhura (54) of Mlilo Vil­lage un­der Chief Nenyunga in Gokwe, and Ma­sukutu Nya­mayavo (23) of house num­ber 20224 Katanga in Nor­ton, ap­peared be­fore Kwekwe Mag­is­trate, Mr Ngoni Nduna, fac­ing one count of pos­ses­sion of ivory with­out a li­cence or per­mit.

They were not asked to plead and were re­manded to De­cem­ber 1 in cus­tody.

The two were ad­vised to ap­ply for bail at the High Court.

Prose­cu­tor, Ms Yeukai Mugumba said on Novem­ber 17 at around mid­night, po­lice of­fi­cers re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that Dhura and Nya­mayavo were aboard a Harare bound bus from Gokwe with four ele­phant tusks.

Act­ing on the in­for­ma­tion, Ms Mugumba said po­lice of­fi­cers went to Sen­der­ayi Bus ter­mi­nus in Kwekwe and waited for the bus.

“At around 2AM, the bus ar­rived and the pas­sen­gers were or­dered to dis­em­bark with each car­ry­ing his or her lug­gage. The bus con­duc­tor opened up the rear left boot of the bus be­fore Dhura took a green bag which he placed on the ground next to him be­fore Nya­mayavo came and placed an empty black bag on top of it in a bid to con­ceal the green bag,” she said.

The court heard that po­lice searched the green bag and dis­cov­ered four pieces of ele­phant tusks.

Ms Mugumba said the two were asked to pro­duce a li­cence or per­mit for pos­sess­ing the ele­phant tusks, but they failed to pro­duce lead­ing to their ar­rest.

She said a mo­bile digital scale was also found in Dhura’s pocket.

The court heard that the re­cov­ered pieces of ele­phant tusks had a to­tal weight of 19 095 kilo­grammes with a com­bined value of $4 773.-@patiemt­siwi

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